Category: News and Politics

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence
Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  6 years ago, on December 14th, a 20-year-old man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 six and seven year olds, as well as 6 adults. The weakness of blogging is that sometimes it cannot convey the emotional, breadth, and levity of words. ... Read more »

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Discuss The Great Displacement

Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending the mayoral forum “The Great Displacement: Candidate Forum on Reversing African-American Pushout and Building a Chicago for the Many,” hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union. Up to this point, I had not seen any of the previous mayoral debates or forums, so I was excited to see,... Read more »

Today The Character Of Our Nation Is On The Ballot

Today The Character Of Our Nation Is On The Ballot
Surely by now you’ve heard that Barack Obama was in town Sunday night. I had the honor and privilege of being there. It was my first time hearing him speak live. Funny enough, he barely had a voice left. He’d spoken earlier that day in Gary, Indiana, and he obviously has been working hard towards today: The... Read more »
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Dear Kanye, I Voted Yesterday.

Dear Kanye, I Voted Yesterday.
Dear Kanye, I’ve never self identified as a Democrat, however I voted yesterday; A straight Democratic ticket. The Republican Party has demonstrated itself wholly unaccepting of who I am as a person, and have embraced characters I perceive as vile, and threatening to so many people I care about. I have significant people in my... Read more »

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting
While eating dinner this evening, I saw on Twitter that there was another shooting at another high school. 1 dead, 1 in custody. So unfortunate. In my prior professional position, I would often talk to students about the real price of gun violence, and the ripple effect of these events. Butler High School in Matthews, North... Read more »

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!
I needed some time to process before posting this one.  What do you say about a monumental shift that rocks an entire city? The entire city held it’s collective breath as we waited for the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. So many fears were resting on the history of the city. In Chicago,... Read more »
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A Perspective on the Bill Cosby Case

A Perspective on the Bill Cosby Case
This Bill Cosby thing was on my mind all morning. When I refer to this “thing”, I’m referring to this outpouring of sympathy across my social media for his sentencing, and for the fact that he could quite possibly die in jail. I just don’t get it. The man had 60 accusers, spanning decades. Now, I’m a... Read more »

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!

One Of The NRA's Paid Gerbils Blocked Me On Twitter!
Needless to say, talks of ‘Russia’ are on Americans lips for a variety of reasons. Most recently, because the world watched as the President of the United States effectively knelt down and let Russian President Vladimir Putin urinate in his mouth.  At least, that’s how I perceived the debacle. Now, let’s use common sense:  Russia... Read more »

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »
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Are You Going To Strides For Peace?

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?
Do you think about Chicago violence? Do you talk about Chicago violence? If either of those answers is yes, then the only place you should be Thursday night is Grant Park, for the Strides for Peace “Race Against Gun Violence”. I don’t intend to sound mean, but I will say it to all of you as... Read more »